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How does New Mexico stack up in state DUI rankings?

During the times of year when people like to socialize – Independence Day, Thanksgiving, the Christmas/New Year’s holiday – it’s important to remember not to drink and drive or to make sure you arrange for alternative transportation if you do plan to imbibe.

It’s also customary for various organizations to publish rankings about how states perform when it comes to DUI arrests and DUI fatalities. Here are the results of a few of these rankings:

New Mexico is in the lowest 10

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention measured the percentage of adults who say they drove after drinking too much during 30 days in 2012, New Mexico drivers had the ninth-lowest percentage.

The 10 best were:

  1. Utah
  2. West Virginia
  3. Arkansas
  4. Tennessee
  5. Alaska
  6. Idaho
  7. Maine
  8. Mississippi
  9. New Mexico
  10. Georgia

The bottom 10 were:

  1. Minnesota
  2. South Dakota
  3. Louisiana
  4. Delaware
  5. Hawaii
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Iowa
  8. North Dakota
  9. Nebraska
  10. Montana

Internet company places N.M. 9th

Backgroundchecks.org, an internet information company, took data from the CDC and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to come up with a ranking for the best and worst states for drunk driving.

When measuring the number of DUI deaths per 100,000 population, Wyoming comes out as the worst with 9.56 deaths while New Jersey is the best with only 1.24 deaths. New Mexico places 11th with 4.71 DUI deaths per 100,000 population, between Texas and Kentucky.

When measuring the number of DUI arrests per 100,000 people, South Dakota comes in last place with 844 arrests. Illinois is tops with only 29 arrests per 100,000 people. New Mexico places 8th with 410, between Wisconsin and Kentucky.

Albuquerque places in the middle of the pack

This survey doesn’t deal with drunk driving, but it does take a measure of safe driving and it aggregates the data by cities.

Allstate issued its annual Best Drivers Report that measures cities on average years between claims and how many hard-braking events per 1,000 miles as measured by the company’s Drivewise tool.

Out of 200 cities in the U.S., Albuquerque ranked 87th overall, between Miami and Lancaster, California. The top city was Brownsville, Texas. The worst was Baltimore.

Albuquerque drivers had an average of 8.5 years between claims – the national average was 10 – and 20.7 hard-braking events per 1,000 miles – the national average is 19.

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